Letter to Parents from Superintendent
Dear Parents or Guardians,
The district is aware of a possible High School cyber-bullying incident on social media and is working closely with New York State Police. We are following their recommendations as they investigate.
As always, the safety of our students is our number one priority. Because this is an active investigation, the district cannot discuss the matter publically. We continue to remind all parents to speak with their children about the importance of being mindful of what they share through text messages or social media.
In addition, the district does investigate student matters, sometimes even if those matters occur off school property, pursuant to the Dignity for All Students Act. We take a proactive approach to all things related to student safety (including self-defense, drug prevention, bullying including cyber bullying).
Any parent who has a concern is encouraged to call their student’s building principal or the school superintendent. For further information, state police can be reached at 518-783-3211.
Superintendent of Schools
518-279-4600 ext.2602 Posted 11/23/14
Website Redesign Survey
The District website is going to be redesigned. We want a fresh design that makes it easy for you to find the information you need while also highlighting the many exciting opportunities in our schools. We also recognize that more users are viewing our site on mobile devices, so we want to create a site that optimizes all platforms. Please share your thoughts on the website by completing this short survey. Posted 11/23/14
Student Senate Members Attend Leadership Conference
Yesterday a group of 11 students from the High School Student Senate attended the 27th Annual New York State Council on Leadership and Student Activities Conference in Albany.
More than 600 Student Council members from around the state attended this event. The students listened to two amazing national speakers working on leadership, character, goal setting, and perseverance. The students also attended workshops and round table sessions.
Advisor to the Student Senate, Brianna Rolston said, “Students attending this event had the opportunity to network with leaders from around the state, compiling a list of ideas to implement in our school and further their work on school spirit, school pride, class bonding, and much more. I am so proud of the dedication of these hardworking and kindhearted students!” Posted 11/23/14
Brunswick (Brittonkill) CSD BOE to sell Parker Elementary School in sealed bid process
The Brunswick (Brittonkill) CSD Board of Education is moving forward with selling Parker Elementary School, 92 Parker School Road, Pittstown by sealed bid process.
Parker School Sale Timeline
December 1 Open House 12:30 to 3:30 pm
December 8 Bid opening 2:00 pm
December 11 BOE awards bid
Learn More....... Posted 11/21/14
Student Athletes Named to Wasaren League All-Stars
The following student athletes were named to Wasaren League All-Star Teams:
Bobby Simmons- Honorable Mention
Zach Horton – 1st Team
Danny Nealon – 2nd Team
Hunter Briccetti - Honorable Mention
Dylan Morgan. - Honorable Mention
See the full list of student athletes named here. Congratulations! Posted 11/21/14
First Quarter Honor Rolls Announced for Middle School
Tamarac Middle School has announced the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the first quarter. Students must have between an 89.5 and 94.4 average to qualify for Honor Roll and at least a 94.5 average to qualify for High Honor Roll. Congratulations to all our students! See the Middle School honor roll...Posted 11/20/14
Seventh Grader Claire Stafford Wins Annual Brittonkill Spelling Bee
Congratulations to seventh grader Claire Stafford who won the Brittonkill Spelling Bee on Wednesday, November 19. The championship word was "superfluous." Claire will represent Brittonkill at the Regional Spelling Bee at Proctor's in Schenectady on February 24, 2015.
First runner-up was seventh grader Michael Jacques. Claire and Michael battled head to head for seven rounds before a winner was declared in the 19th round. Second runner-up was eighth grader Ryan Hayden. Top elementary finishers were Colby Minbiole and Ethan Skaarup who both made it into the tenth round. Posted 11/20/14
District School Closing/Delay Notification Process
The school district takes the responsibility of deciding whether to close schools seriously. Generally, schools will remain open except for extremely inclement weather. Snow, ice, and extremely cold temperatures may affect bus pick-up and drop-off times, sometimes causing buses to run late. If a snow day is called that decision is made as early as possible with announcements made immediately on:
- ENEWS—eNEWS will send parents an e-mail announcing any school closures. If you have not already signed up for eNEWS, parents can send an email with the word subscribe in the subject line.
- District Website — If school is closed or delayed due to inclement weather, an announcement will be posted on the District and School homepages. Read More.....Posted 11/14/14
Tamarac's Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Attend Youth Summit
Tamarac's Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter as well as advisors Lisa Parker and Michele Johnston attended the 13th Annual Rensselaer County Youth Summit at Rensselaer High School on October 29. This event brought approximately 120 students and their advisors from area schools to discuss issues that teens today often face. Small group panels discussed topics including addiction, underage drinking, tobacco use, mental health awareness and the consequences of using alcohol and drugs. Keynote Speaker, Cortney Lovell, chapter leader of Young People in Recovery, gave a presentation of the facts, risks and effects of substance abuse and addiction. Students are encouraged to use positive peer pressure to empower each other into making the right decisions in order to keep them safe and to reach their full potential. SADD will continue to strive to be positive role models within the school and their community. Posted 11/12/14
Tamarac Key Club Sponsoring Holiday Craft Fair
The Tamarac Key Club is sponsoring a Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria. There will be more than 20 vendors selling handmade jewelry and accessories, holiday décor, candles, handbags, scarves, hats, gloves and much more. Learn more......Posted 11/12/14
Brunswick CSD Offers Self-Defense Class to HS Students
Physical education classes at Tamarac High School attended a program on Self- Defense for female students in grades 10-12 taught by STARR’s Black Belt Academy.
Students learned how to recognize real threats to their personal safety, key elements of self-defense and how to apply them during a dangerous confrontation. The first demonstrated step was with hands up in defense, and using the same hand across to deflect an attacker.
Superintendent, Angelina Maloney believes students can benefit from a program teaching them various skills and techniques, making them more confident and keeping them safe in dangerous situations.
“Maximizing student safety during the day and throughout their lives is a district priority. We wanted to offer this self-defense class to female students who will soon move away to join the workforce or college. It is a critical skill set to have. It's something we hope they never have to use, but being prepared is always better, said Superintendent Maloney. See more photos from the self-defense class...Posted 11/12/14
Winter Sports Practice Schedules
The Winter Sports Practice Schedules have been posted on the Sports page.
Week 3 Schedule
Week 4 & 5 Schedule Posted 11/11/14
5th Gr. Class Raising funds for trip to Nature's Classroom
The 5th grade class at Tamarac Elementary School is raising funds for their trip to Nature’s Classroom in the spring by selling discount cards. The cards are $20 each and will be good from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. If you are interested in buying a card, please fill out the form and return it with payment to school with your child in an envelope labeled “5th Grade Class Discount Card”. Orders should be turned in by December 1, 2014. The cards will be sent home on December 15, 2014. Please contact Pam Skaarup if you have any questions or would like more information. Thank you for your support! Posted 10/28/14
PTSA Partners with Field-Goods Local Farm Fresh Food
The PTSA has partnered with Field-Goods Local Farm Fresh Food Delivery and $1 from every bag purchased will be given to the PTSA. Signing up and managing your account is very simple on their easy to navigate website. Choose what subscription of fresh fruits and vegetables you would like (small, family, etc.), and the delivery site of either Tamarac Elementary or High School. Posted 10/28/14
Grade 8 NJHS October Service Project
The Grade 8 National Junior Honor Society completes a service project each month. The October project was a costume and candy drive for the children of Hope 7 Community Center in Troy.
Students collected items for children ages four to 12 to help them to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween celebration. The project was created and organized by the Grade 8 NJHS, but they invited the entire 8th grade class to participate as a community effort.
From L-R): Co-President Ryan Hayden, Co-President Francesca DiScanio, Secretary Lily Fitzgerald, and Treasurer Nate LaPlante.
The students feel it is important to remember and reach out to those in need during all holidays and months of the year. Advisor of the National Junior Honor Society, Allison Maloy said, “The students' eagerness and enthusiasm to help those in need in thoughtful and creative ways really shows what compassionate and generous hearts they have.” Posted 10/28/14
Updated - Letter from Superintendent - Brunswick (Brittonkill) Bus Accident
Dear Parents or Guardians,
As a follow-up to the bus accident today, I wanted to send you a letter to ensure we communicated all the details of the event. Bus #117, Route 1 was involved in an accident with a vehicle on Rt. 7 in Pittstown Tuesday afternoon. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage.
Following district procedures, all 26 students were kept on the bus as EMT evaluated each student as a precaution. One student was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, and the rest of the students appeared to have no significant injuries. At the same time students were being evaluated, parents of students on the bus were called to alert them of the accident. Read More.....Posted 10/21/14 8 p.m.
School Supplies Survey
The PTSA is considering offering a service for all grades, where school supplies would be ordered for you based on your child's specific teacher's list. Supplies would be packaged and delivered to the school in a convenient box for pick-up.
In most cases, prices would be less than if you purchased the items individually. Please take a moment and fill out the survey so we can assess the interest in this service for next year. Posted 10/1614
Congratulations to September Students of the Month
As part of its Character Education Program, Tamarac Middle School recognizes students in front of their peers. The character theme for September was “Self-Control.” Congratulations to all of our students!
Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School program
Current 8th and 10th grade students interested in learning more about the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School program can attend the information night at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART Facility, located in NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology + Energy Park on Thursday, November 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Incoming juniors will learn about the two-year program where students can pursue college credit and gain real-world experience, and incoming freshmen will learn about the Early College High School model that is part of the NYS P-TECH Network which offers an opportunity to pursue an associate’s degree. Register for the event Posted 10/1414
Mentos and Soda Experiment
Secondary students at Tamarac were recently visited by two faculty members and students from The Sage Colleges during their science classes. Students participated in the Mentos and soda experiment. The students hypothesized which carbonated beverage ingredients would cause the greatest reaction from dropping a Mentos into the beverage.
Students had a great time participating in the experiment and got to learn about the new STEM Series at Sage (S3) program being offered at Tamarac. Learn more about the S3 program Posted 10/1014
Students Participate in ImPACT Concussion Testing
Students in grades 7, 9 and 11 are currently being administered the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) test. ImPACT's test is computerized and is being administered during students’ physical education class.
The test provides a baseline report for each student. If a concussion is suspected, the baseline report will serve as a comparison to a repeat ImPACT test, which professionals can use to assess potential changes or damage caused by a concussion. Baseline tests are suggested every two years. Read more....Posted 10/1014
Tamarac PTSA Hosting Halloween Dance
The Tamarac PTSA is hosting the annual Halloween dance on Friday, October 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Elementary School gym and cafeteria. Ticket sales end on Friday, October 17 and payment is not accepted the night of the event.
The cost is $3 per child, adults and chaperones are free. A parent or guardian must accompany all children. Please complete this form and send back to school in a sealed envelope with payment of cash or check made payable to Brittonkill PTSA no later than October 17. Donations of baked goods to be sold at the event are greatly appreciated. Posted 10/714
September Specials Team Event
Tamarac Middle School students recently participated in the Specials Team event facilitated by Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center today. The September (self-control) character challenge is to welcome new students and staff.
Students were broken into teams and rotated through eight different stations set up in the multi-purpose gym. Each station had a card stating the challenge the team must complete and a set of props. Each team had to work together to problem solve each task. The goal of the day was not about how well the students accomplished each challenge, but rather how well they worked as a team to solve each task. See pictures from event..Posted 10/714
Great Gatsby Gallery Walk
Tamarac 11th grade students immersed themselves in 1920’s culture to prepare for their in depth study of "The Great Gatsby." Students spent a class in the library rotating through six different stations where material was presented using: audio clips, short videos and posters. Some topics covered at the stations included: 1920’s fashion, headlines, entertainment, youth culture and music. Coordination for this event was a group effort by, English teachers, Helen Parsons and her husband John Parsons, Regina Button, and Library Media Specialist, Michelle Furlong. See pictures from gallery walk....Posted 10/714
STEM Series at Sage (S3) Program
The STEM Series at Sage (S3) program is for middle and high school students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Students have the opportunity to participate in an after school program of hands-on activities, and explorations led by faculty and students of the Sage Colleges. The program will meet right here at Tamarac after school, with two off-site field trips planned in the spring. Interested students should contact their science teacher for more information. See Program Dates....Posted 10/1/14
Fall Festival on Saturday October 4
The Brittonkill Educational Foundation is sponsoring a free Fall Festival on Saturday, October 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tamarac football field. There will be carnival games, bouncy bounce, face painting, chicken and pulled pork. Come have fun and support great programs for our kids! Pre-orders are being taken for Brunswick BBQ and Brew for chicken and pulled pork dinners. Lean more.....Posted 9/30/14
Tamarac High School to Celebrate Homecoming Weekend
Tamarac High School will celebrate Homecoming this weekend October 3 - 4.
High School Pep Rally
The High School Pep Rally will be Friday, October 3 during 9th period. All the classes will compete in activities and show their school spirit in hopes of winning the spirit stick. The homecoming court will be announced at this time except the king and queen.
Tamarac will host Voorheesville on Friday, October 3 at 7 p.m. The Class of 2015 will be selling “spirit scarfs” for $10. The Homecoming king and queen will be announced at half time of the game.
The Homecoming Dance will be Saturday, October 4 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the High School gym. Tickets for the dance will be sold during lunches this week. The cost is $12 per person and this includes food and drink. If a student is bringing someone from another school, they need to stop into the main office and get a form.
Please show school spirit and wear RED and WHITE! Go BENGALS!! Posted 9/30/14
New Teacher Spotlight
Lynn Nadareski – Kindergarten Teacher
Education Background: I earned my bachelor's degree at the State University of New York at Oneonta
Previous Schools you have taught at: I have taught both fourth and fifth grade in the Averill Park School District as a permanent classroom teacher. I have also completed several long-term substitute assignments at Tamarac Elementary School, as well as other school districts.
Family: I am married, my husband Edward and I have three children. Learn More...9/26/14
National Junior Honor Society Inducts 24 New Eighth Graders
Earlier this week, the National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony was held in the district auditorium. This ceremony was conducted by the school's current chapter of NJHS, which consists of 22 ninth grade students. The ceremony celebrated and inducted 24 new eighth grade members.
Students were recognized for their outstanding qualities of scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship. The students look forward to a year of many exciting service projects and activities that will benefit the school and community. Eighth grade English teacher, Ms. Allison Maloy, is the advisor of both eighth and ninth grade National Junior Honor Society. 9/19/14
Smart Snacks in Schools Standards
The District has implemented the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Smart Snacks In Schools” standards. These standards set basic limits on fat, salt, and calories in items sold through vending machines and a la carte cafeteria menus. Learn more here. Please contact Joy Wright, email@example.com with any questions.9/18/14
Tamarac Bengals and Hoosick Falls Panthers Partner to Raise Awareness for Autism
On Friday, September 19 at 7 p.m. the Tamarac Bengals will host the Hoosick Falls Panthers at Tamarac High School. Both football teams are joining efforts to raise awareness for Autism by selling bracelets, pins and collecting donations throughout the game.
It is also Brunswick Bulldog night. During halftime of the game, the Brunswick Bulldogs youth league will be introduced. They will be joining efforts to raise awareness with the teams. Between both schools they are hoping to meet and exceed their goal of raising $2000.
On Saturday, September 20, the Tamarac football team will attend the 11th Annual Autism walk at Central Park, in Schenectady at 10:30 a.m. The team has invited the Hoosick Falls football team and the Brunswick Bulldogs youth program (players and cheerleaders) to join them. If you would like to register to walk or to donate...9/18/14
Brunswick (Brittonkill) CSD to Host Drug Prevention Skill Session for Parents
The Rensselaer County Department of Health, Department of Mental Health, Courtney Lovell from Young People in Recovery, and in conjunction with our Superintendent will be presenting a session on Drug Prevention to parents at the Meet the Teachers Night for Grades 7-12, Thursday, September 25, at 6:45 p.m. in the High School library. Learn more.. 9/17/14
Become a PTSA Member
The PTSA invites you to join and make a difference in the education and quality of life of your children. Lend a helping hand by joining the Brittonkill PTSA. See membership form. 9/17/14
Precautionary Information for Parents About Enterovirus EV-D68
At the recommendation of the NYS Health Department, we would like to advise parents about the signs of Enterovirus EV-D68, a respiratory illness that has been confirmed in more than a dozen children in New York including the Capital Region. Precautions include following the same common sense steps to prevent flu and other contagious illnesses. Read more…9/16/14
Tamarac High School students perform well on ACT Testing
The District recently received a College Readiness letter from ACT, and Tamarac High School graduates scored higher than the state average in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. Brunswick (Brittonkill) Superintendent Angelina Bergin-Maloney commented, “These scores show the commitment of the teachers, students and parents in preparing our students for college.” See College Readiness letter for Brunswick Central School District. 9/16/14
Student selected for national mixed chorus
Very exciting news! Tamarac student, Abbey McGrath has been accepted into the 2014 National Association for Music Education (NAfME)National Honor Mixed Chorus! To be considered for this program, students must submit a video of a two minute piece and a letter of recommendation. There were 111 applicants from New York and only 52 were chosen. The event will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Conference Center October 26 – 29, 2014. The final performance will be at the historic Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more about NafME. Congratulations Abbey! 9/12/14
New immunization requirements for students entering 6th grade
There are new immunization requirements for students entering 6th grade. New York State Law Section 2164 requires certain immunizations (shots) to enter 6th grade and attend school. Please check with your health care provider as soon as possible to make sure that your child has all the needed immunizations. Immunizations required are listed below. Please contact the secondary school nurse, Debra Holbrook with any questions.
Tdap (Boostrix or Adacel) at age 11.
Varicella (chickenpox) requires a second dose.9/12/14
Board Appoints Student Representative
The Brunswick (Brittonkill) Board of Education appointed its first student board member, Jacob Spencer at the June 12 meeting. In his role as student representative, Jacob will serve as a non-voting board member for the 2014-15 school year. He will voice student interests and give student perspective on all BOE decisions. Learn more..9/12/14
New Teacher Spotlight
Kate Siegenthaler – Music Teacher
Education Background: My undergraduate was completed at the College of Saint Rose. Piano was my primary instrument. My Masters Degree was completed at University of Hartford.
Previous Schools you have taught at: I taught four years at Cairo-Durham MS/HS, grades 6-12 vocal/general music.
Family: My husband, Chris Siegenthaler also teaches music at Tamarac. We also have a dog, Banjo. Learn More 9/05/14
Welcome Back! Check out our Facebook page for first day photos
Parents shared their first day photos. You can view the " 2014-15 First Day" photo album on Facebook here. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view the photos. 9/05/14
2014-15 school calendar now available in PDF Format
The 2014-15 school calendar is now available in PDF format. A limited number of paper copies will be available next week in the front offices of each building. View here. 9/02/14
Brunswick (Brittonkill) CSD wins state grant to review assessments
Exciting news! Brunswick (Brittonkill) CSD is part of a consortium of 11 school districts led by Questar III BOCES that has won $399,946 to review and improve student assessment practices. The "Teaching is the Core" grant from the New York State Education Department will fund activities from Sept. 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Learn more here. 9/02/14